What occurs when we are too blinded by love and fail to notice the clear warning signs in our partners? The terrible tale of former mail carrier Bill Williamson will serve as a sobering lesson for everyone. The 82-year-old was murdered by her ex-partner for his money after repeatedly misleading him and even once stealing from him.
In “Deadly Women: DIY Burial” on Investigation Discovery, the detectives pursue his partner Ann Browning before pinning him for the murder. We have all the information you need if you are interested in the case and want to learn more. Then, shall we learn more about Ann Browning?
Who is Ann Browning?
Ann Browning, a 54-year-old independent cleaner, lived on Milton’s Crescent in Godalming, Surrey’s Ockford Ridge. She had two sons and went through two divorces. In 2007, Ann and widower Bill Williamson, 82, a former postman, met at a gathering of the neighborhood historical society. Bill used to live alone in his Church Road house in Milford after his wife Mary, who was 91 years old, passed away in 2004. He apparently didn’t have any kids.
Court testimony revealed that Bill was an elderly guy who yearned for companionship. By that time, Ann had also gotten a divorce from her second husband, and they got along well. Bill had a healthy financial situation, so he frequently gave Ann loans for things like gas and dental work. According to reports, he even changed his will to put most of his estate in her name. Then, he allegedly caught her skimming money from him, and everything changed.
Bill claimed Ann had assisted him in opening an account from which £1,200 had vanished. Bill said that Ann had taken out £200 on six separate times using a cash card that he was unaware of. A few days later, she allegedly used that money to buy £1,000 worth of Premium Bonds. Ann asserted that Bill withdrew the funds himself and, as a result of his advanced age, completely forgot about them. She was never charged, though, because there was never any proof that she had done anything unlawful.
Bill’s acquaintances had cautioned him about becoming too close to Ann, and the couple had apparently split up. She attempted to reconcile with her ex-husband at that time but was unsuccessful. In spite of Bill’s friends’ fears, Ann and he got back together in March 2009. The second time around, their connection developed to the point where Ann persuaded Bill to sell his Church Road house and she agreed to do the same with her Milton’s Crescent property. Bill had agreed, even lending Ann £6,000 to buy a new Kia automobile because they both intended to start a new life together.
On September 10, 2010, Bill vacated his Church Road residence after selling it for £246,924. He moved into Ann’s house when the money was transferred into their joint account. A rounders bat was used to kill Bill, according to the prosecution, just hours after he moved in. She continued living her regular life after that, going to the theater, playing bingo with friends, and even making purchases using his credit cards. Even more, she registered Bill’s red Mazda automobile in her name and transferred the $140,000 from the sale of his house into their joint account.
However, after Bill skipped his flu shot appointment, a doctor’s office called the police, who then arrived at the woman’s home. By telling the police he was in Ireland for a family funeral, she purposefully mislead them. Police discovered Bill’s car parked a few streets down despite the fact that she had also claimed it was damaged. She was detained after the police discovered surveillance footage of her taking money from Bill and the registration of his vehicle in her name.
On October 8, 2010, the police discovered Bill’s naked and bruised body buried in a temporary grave in her backyard. His legs were bound together by a belt, and his torso was covered in a shower curtain. On October 7, 2010, she admitted to committing the crime. Yes, I admit to his murder, I killed him, she reportedly informed the police, but she denied any money motivation and insisted that everything happened in the heat of the moment.
Where is Ann Browning Today?
Ann asserted that she would have turned herself in following the marriage of his son in October 2010. She said that she didn’t want to ruin his happiness because he was getting married to the girl of his dreams because she loved her son so much, but the court didn’t buy it and found her guilty of Bill’s murder.
She was given a life sentence in August 2011 with a 25-year minimum requirement. She was also subject to a Confiscation Order that required her to pay Bill’s estate in Surrey £250,293 in reparation. She is currently in her mid-60s and incarcerated in Surrey to complete her sentence.
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